Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse: Movie Review

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Movie Review: Multiverse Mastery

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We're not really fans of films that are destined and designed to be a lead-up to a final product. Call it a middle child syndrome, but we've had our fair share of experiences that often turn our to be incomplete, dull, and pointless. But "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse" delivers an outstanding narrative experience throughout the film. This was a ride full of twists, turns, and emotional surprises, and beyond its undeniably beautiful and mesmerizing visuals, this film was near perfection simply because of the love and utmost care given to its writing. 

After reuniting with Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfield) and encountering an unusual villain, Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) finds himself catapulted across the Multiverse where he discovers a team of Spider-People is protecting its very existence. But when Miles inadvertently causes more trouble than he anticipated and causes massive rifts across other realities, the heroes clash on how to handle their conundrum with Miles. Soon, Miles finds himself pitted against the very beings he thought understood him most. 

"Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse" proves that there is a lot of creativity left in the superhero genre. From its ground-breaking animation, humor, callbacks, soundtrack, and writing, this film was near perfection. This was an experience that is overwhelming while you're in it and one that will still overwhelm you hours after watching it. We admit though, this leaves off on a massive cliffhanger (as it is still a build up to a third film at the end of the day). But even though it didn't have a definitive and conclusive ending, this film was still jampacked and it won't leave you feeling like the journey wasn't worth going through even with this caveat. In fact, this was a narrative that leaves nothing behind unless it was necessary to do it. 

This is also the rare sequel that is better than its predecessor. We remember seeing 2018's "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" and wondering how they could ever top that masterpiece. But here we are five years later and they proved us wrong. This is incomprehensibly better delivering a more mature and more emotional experience with even higher stakes in tow. This isn't the first time s Multiverse was tackled but the approach taken here was the best we've experienced it. It had its own unique take and implications and critically, it was fun and imaginative in ways beyond our wildest expectations. And even with its eye-popping visuals (wherein each frame could literally be a work of art), the film's writing was the biggest talking point for us. This had a narrative that put us on a thrill ride with shocking and authentic surprise. If we could nitpick, there are things that we can find like how the visuals lost their illusion (the CGI became obvious) from time to time or how the ridiculous amount of content can be too much to swallow. But trust us, the film has a purpose and it was able to pull it off in phenomenal fashion.

Rating: 5 reels

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